Grateful Dead Live at Portland Memorial Coliseum on 1980-06-12
AUD>MC>DAT>CDR; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Willy
Subject: Sailor lyric for Skobud
Nice review and well stated. The "dark Star" reference in Sailor is actually "dog star". It's a reference to a star that sailors used to navigate, I believe in the southern hemesphere. In the song the sailor is lost and cannot find his way: "where is the dog star?" I did not know this for years and it too bugged me. I love the song though. For me it's got that lush sound at the begining that alway got me when it would start. God I miss seeing them.
Set 1 - well-played, but like many first sets from '80 there isn't too much that sticks to the bone here. A single listen may do you all right, but it's not a keeper.
Set 2 - Ah, that S>F magic....Jer loses his way with the lyrics a few times but they really power it up for the latter part - check how he "begins" the song halfway through with that familiar wah-wah riff - this one has, yes, VOLCANO written all over it (OK, couldn't resist just a single jab at the eruption).
Estimated has a cool follow-up jam, ending a pre-drums set that is pretty awesome; NFA and Black Peter rather rule post-drums.
So, a shrug-your-shoulders first set, but that second one is a nice keeper - Drums>S>F>Estimated is where it's at. Great sounding AUD, too! -
Subject: My 36th Show
Subject: Good, not great show
They kick this one off with a bang, ripping right into a smoking Alabama>Promised Land opener that fired the house right up nicely. Nice little opener right there boys, sweet! Next up Jerry slows it down with Peggy-O after a few technical difficulties, and this one was just a touch quicker than I prefer. I really liked it though, and Jerry’s voice sounds nice and smooth this evening. Well done and flows nicely. I can tell I already like the feel of this show. Nothing crazy goin on yet they seem totally at ease tonight – and I love that shit. Bobby comes out with El Paso next and Jerry is literally all over the map. His noodling seems a bit faster than normal and there is something different about Bobby’s rhythm as well. Start is a little off but they finish strong for sure. Respectable version for sure right there. BEW is pretty standard, but respectable as well. Again, a touch quick, but no too fast. Cassidy comes up next, and this is the best playing I have heard so far this evening. Brent’s harmonies are a really nice accompaniment to Bobby – especially when he is not turned up too much. Really nice bit o’ jamminess to this one as well. Quick, but still very good. They shoulda kept that vibe goin for a while – that abbreviated finish kinda sucked. Sounded like Jerry was just getting goin’. Brent rolls out Far From Me next, which I’m not a huge fan of, but this one was not too bad. He sounds strong and it was well played. Althea>Sailor>Saint up next, and I really liked Althea. Thought Jerry sounded great. Sailor I generally have hang-ups about – and I think most of it stems from using Dark Star in the lyrics. That just pisses me off for some reason. AND, the song is kinda cheesey imo. Saint is always enjoyable, and Bobby does this one justice. Nothing off the charts, but good none then less. Standard issue Deal with some serious nutiness towards the end closes out the set and that is that.
I like this show so far and just sounds like it was fun to be there. Its more of a Rock and Roll show without the trippyness from years before or speedball express that would be coming in the next few years. I think it might just be the period as well. Even with a few songs I didn’t really care for, I dug this first set. Damn good listen. The boys sound in sync and are playing well.
Second set starts out with Drums for a couple minutes, and then they find there way into the second set opener which is actually the entire set - Scarlet Begonias> Fire On The Mountain> Estimated Prophet> Drums> Not Fade Away> Black Peter> Around & Around> Good Lovin. Scarlet comes on strong and when Jerry starts his soloin’ he sounds like he’s having just a touch of trouble with feedback and whatnot, but once that shit is straightened out – it’s a little off again and on again, and he does quite a bit of screwing around lower on the register which is pretty unique. By the second verse the crowd is in an absolute frenzy. He then beefs it up with a little wah for good measure, and then switches back and forth which was also pretty cool. This one definitely grows on you about half way through. Pretty furious little extended jam from Jer towards the end which morphs into a very nice little version of Fire. Kinda cool little transition as it was short, Jerry was flying at the end of Scarlet – and then just dropped in to that phat reggae groove. Jerry is doing some great stuff that I haven’t really heard before this show tonight. He’s doing like this light speed playing thing, for like a minute, then laying totally off, and then jumping right back and blasting away. Nice job hippy. This one is ramping nicely. Back to the beefcake wah, back to the speedy nuttiness, and we are ready for our next transition into Estimated, which actually, was no transition at all. Anyhow, Estimated fires up and you can hear Brent barely on top of Jerry’s licks, which in general, really gets under my skin. In this case however, Brent gets a pass for his remarkable playing and trading with Jerry a little further down the line. This is definitely a Brent heavy Estimated, and its also one of the better Brent era Estimated’s I have heard. They work this one almost like a Dark Star where they basically take you all the way down to nothing, start spacing a little, and then work their way out. Great freakin job boys! Wow, this one’s got some oomph for damn sure! Really, really nice work from Brent here, some of his best this reviewer has ever heard. They do a little spacin’ out here with a jump into drums, and from there they fuse it right into NFA after doing an almost Fire sounding tease. Very cool turn they take when they finally go full on NFA. Very funky start to this one, never really heard one like it before. I wouldn’t go so far as to call this one slow, but it is a little slower – and Jerry comes on with a BANG after the first go round. Nice patient soloing and a great feel. This one is awesome. Very unique. Really nicely jammed on the way out as well. This melts right into a wonderful Peter. Jerry tells this tale with all the emotion you could want, and the crowd just eats it up. Its kinda funny cause the crowd tries to clap along with the slow time and keeps missing(you guys know how hard that shit is to do while dosed ), but to their credit they keep it up for most of the tune. Nice Peter right there! Really liked that one. Round and Round is up next and is pretty standard, and they finish this one off with a full tilt Good Lovin’. The encore is JBG(ehh) and that is that.
Thoughts on this one as a whole….The second set was much better than the first with some unique jamming I have not really heard anything like before, especially during Fire, Estimated and NFA. The first set had its moments also (Alabama>Promised Land, Cassidy), but nothing to out of the ordinary I suppose - yet still very good. I really enjoyed this show. It was a great listen and it just plain sounded like a good time. I love shows like this where everything just seems to flow so well. It may not have had so many highs, yet it maintained a great vibe the whole time. They really did not reach too awful far this evening, yet they were definitely not off either. I am recommending this show and I am giving it a solid B+. Yet another great show to play the non GD fan who is interested in the sound.
Subject: USGS - Fire on the Mountain - eruption timing
I was not there, but this one gets five stars...just because .....
Subject: outstanding estimated & NFA
The funkified NFA is not to be missed either.
4 star audience show overall.
Subject: Let's put the ash story to bed
This is a great show, I think. I just finished DL'ing it and burning a couple copies.
Jerry's "on", and the rest of the band is on the same page. Really like the Not Fade Away. Wish I coulda' been there.
Most of my Oregon shows were at Autzen Stadium, which was cool because Kesey was there allot.
Subject: I was there...
I have this concert on cassette tape but this recording is possibly better.
Subject: Hell Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!
I do not know enough about all the Mount St. Helen eruptions and the timing of them. I was only 6 years old at the time of this show. All I can say is, it's tough to beat 1980 Grateful Dead music. Keep the great AUDs coming!!!
Subject: nice AUD but...
Subject: Great second set
I was living in Seattle at this time. (Didn't see this show.) Seattle had several "snowfalls" of ash. The were erruptions on May 18, May 25, June 12, July 22, and October 16-18. The guy who called someone a liar obviously wasn't there, and obviously didn't bother to check the facts.
Subject: fire on the mountain - yes
Still have somewhere a film can of ash from Mt. St. Helens that I collected off my car the next morning.
Subject: Been looking forward to this...
Subject: For the record
Subject: What a show...
Love this show. Still feeling the aftershocks.
Subject: do your homework
great show!! rich in history, "myth", and magic. good aud. recording as well. 5+
Subject: It is True
Subject: Historical reference is correct
Subject: Yeah right man
Subject: Fire indeed
Subject: We killed a Pinto
Hearing it again, it was a hot show.
Subject: I was there
Truly a 'Fire on the Mountain' experience!
The band had lots of energy that night.
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